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Student Spotlight: Dainis Butners, MSFS/MBA ’18

Dainis Butners has a very unique perspective when it comes to foreign service. “Growing up in a Latvian household gave me a perspective on culture, geopolitics, and history that is not taught in schools,” Butners said. His heritage and professional background have provided a lens for lifelong learning and focused his pursuits on U.S.-Russia relations, transatlantic relations, international business, and diplomacy.

Q&A with U.S. Army Major Nicholas Frazier (MSFS ‘19)

On November 27, Nicholas Frazier (MSFS ‘19) was promoted to the rank of Major in the U.S. Army. Major Frazier’s family, friends, and classmates joined him at Georgetown to celebrate his pinning. In an interview, Major Frazier shared his personal views about military service and its contribution to his MSFS experience.

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MSFS & GAPS Host DevTalks: Security and Development Forum

The Georgetown Anti-Poverty Society (GAPS), in collaboration with the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program, hosted “DevTalks: Security and Development” on the evening of December 1. The event opened with remarks from School of Foreign Service (SFS) Dean Joel Hellman, where he discussed how security and development have coexisted but rarely interacted. He foresees the need for that to change considerably in the future.

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SFS Students Win First Place at NYC Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge

Earlier this month, four graduate students from the School of Foreign Service won first place in the two-day NYC Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge, hosted by the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. The team – Hoya Hacksa – was comprised of Katya Sedova (MSFS ‘18), Jack Lucas (SSP ‘19), Marc Becker (on exchange from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin), and Anna Carroll (MSFS ’18), coached by Georgetown Professor Richard Andres.

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Incoming MSFS Class Applies Value of Service in Orientation

Each year, the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program welcomes the next incoming class through New Student Orientation, a three-day program to introduce them to life at Georgetown. This August, new students had the opportunity to put the MSFS value of service into action through a Service Day in partnership with Washington Parks & People (WPP).

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World Bank Country Director Discusses Development and Humanitarianism in Yemen

The Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program, the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS), and the Georgetown Anti-Poverty Society (GAPS) hosted Dr. Asad Alam, the World Bank Country Director for Egypt, Yemen, and Djibouti, on October 3rd to discuss “Protecting Development Assets During Conflict: The Case of Yemen.”

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#SummerSFS: Young Leaders Reflect on Time with GCSP

Each summer, current students of the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) Program venture out to all corners of the world to work with organizations in the field of international relations. MSFS 2018 candidates Patrick Zimet and Emmie Bultemeier share their summer experience at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Switzerland.

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MSFS Welcomes Fourth Africa Scholarship Recipient Deborah Ofori

The Master of Science in Foreign Service Program is delighted to announce the program’s fourth recipient of the Africa Scholarship Deborah Ofori. Deborah joins us from Ghana. Since 2014, MSFS has been recruiting talented students through the Africa Scholarship Program, in order to expand the outreach to skillful students and strengthen the diverse student body at Georgetown University.

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MSFS Announces 2017 SoldierStrong Scholarship Recipient Mikel Rodriguez

The Master of Science in Foreign Service Program is delighted to announce the 2017 SoldierStrong Scholarship Recipient, Navy Lieutenant Mikel Rodriguez. Mikel, a Naval Academy graduate, has a warfare designation of Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Officer, and has over 3 years of international experience including deployments to Afghanistan.

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SFS Appoints Former FSI Director Nancy McEldowney as New Director of MSFS

Ambassador McEldowney has had a distinguished career as a leader in foreign affairs training, a senior policy advisor and a high profile diplomat. Most recently, she served as the Director of the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), the premier foreign affairs training provider for the U.S. Government.

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Thank You, Tony!

As we welcome Ambassador Nancy McEldowney as Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service program on July 1, it is time to give thanks to Tony Arend, and wish him well in his endeavors as Senior Associate Dean of Graduate and Faculty Affairs in the School of Foreign Service.

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MSFS Students Organize 2nd Annual Africa Business Conference

On February 4, 2017, the Georgetown McDonough School of Business and the Walsh School of Foreign Service’s African Studies Program hosted the second annual Georgetown Africa Business Conference, titled A Time for Ownership: The Future of Business and Governance in Africa. Branded as #GTABC, the conference brings together over thirty sector leaders across Africa to speak about the development of various industries, serving to showcase the growth and impact of a wide range of sectors across the continent.